Posts Tagged ‘carpet stain remover’

Inspection Safari: Carpet Stain Blocker Failure

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

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Sometimes when I receive an inspection request, the stated reason and the actual complaint are different. Today’s Inspection Safari is a perfect example of such a complaint.

A major carpet mill asked me to inspect a carpet for “stain blocker failure.” Most of today’s carpets are made using some type of stain resistant technology. So a permanent stain is often covered by the carpet warranty. My job would be to see if this stain was something that might be a “warrantied defect.”

I called the homeowner to schedule an appointment and asked him if there was a problem with a stained carpet. He said, “Yes, AND the carpet is coming apart.” He explained that the spot had been professionally cleaned five times. The last time it was cleaned, the technician “was aggressive” with the cleaning and the carpet delaminated (separated)! So now I also had to determine the structural integrity of the carpet. (more…)

Carpet Stain Removal: Recommended Spot Cleaners

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

In my last post, I shared proper spot cleaning methods for removing stains from your carpet.

If you still can’t get the spill out, go to the www.carpet-rug.org website. Look for their Spot Solver link (navigate to Residential >> Cleaning and Maintenance). There you will find a list of every conceivable thing that can possibly spot your carpet and ways to remove them. I would avoid commercial spot removers, if possible.

Oily stains can only be removed by solvents that dissolve the foreign substance from the carpet yarn. You can find familiar names such as Energine, Thuro, and Goddard’s dry-cleaning fluids. Dry cleaning fluids evaporate without leaving a ring and (more…)

Carpet Cleaners: Best Spot Cleaners for Carpet

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

I am often asked for recommendations on the best spot cleaners for carpet. The Carpet and Rug Institute has tested commercially available carpet spotting solutions and listed the safe ones on its website. You will find Spot Cleaners listed under Seal of Approval Products. So, if you’re shopping for a spot cleaner that has received a professional stamp of approval, this is your best resource.

Did You Know? You also have the compound needed to remove water-based spots right in your tap—that’s right, water! Plain water usually removes water-based spots such as soda, milk, and juice. The synthetic stain- resistant fibers will release most colors. It’s the sugar that causes spots to reappear after you’ve cleaned up the obvious spill. Sugar is sticky and attracts dirt. So you have to safely clean the sugar out of the carpet fiber.
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